Written by Puff Staff

Monday, 09 September 2013

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drew estate herrera esteli robusto extramike ditka throwback

The flavor profile of the Herrera Esteli Robusto Extra commences with cedar and pepper notes in the first third.  The second third continues with the pepper notes, but also introduces creaminess and wood.  The final third shifts gears with a little more pepper, as well as wood, cedar, and cream.  There’s just the right mix of flavor and strength, and at no point did the cigar become uninteresting.

I tip my hat to Willy Herrera for this creation from Drew Estate.  It’s a solid cigar all around and any fans of the brand should definitely give it a try.  The Herrera Esteli is probably a bit too strong for beginners, but if you’re an experienced smoker in the mood for something medium to full-bodied, then go for it.  A single costs $9 to $10.  It’s not cheap, but you are getting a quality product for your money.  If you’re looking to buy in quantity, you can also find the Herrera Esteli in boxes of 25.  It’s not a limited edition cigar, but distribution is set to just select retailers in the U.S.

The Drew Estate Herrera Esteli earns a rating of 3.5 out of four stars.

Mike Ditka Throwback

The NFL regular season has finally kicked off, so what better way to celebrate it than by reviewing a cigar from a Hall of Famer?  It’s called the Mike Ditka Throwback from Camacho cigars, and it’s named after the former tight end and coach of the Chicago Bears and New Orleans Saints, Mike Ditka.  This limited edition cigar isn’t the first from Camacho and Ditka, as his Kickoff Series featured three lines: The Player, The Coach, and The Hall of Famer.  Now this is my first journey into cigars carrying Ditka’s name, but I loved him as a coach and commentator, so I’m hoping he continues to impress me with this stogie.

The Throwback comes in a 6 x 50 format.  Its filler is a blend of Dominican, Honduran, and Nicaraguan tobaccos.  The binder is Brazilian, and the wrapper is Corojo Maduro.  The strength is listed as full-bodied, which is not surprising considering the “strength” of the man it was made to honor.

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